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Field Trip Guided Early Spring

March 11 - April 19, 2019
Monday – Friday
10 – 11 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

$140/$50 deposit

Max class size per program: 30 students, 8 Adults (1:5 ratio is preferred)
Includes an indoor lunch space after program


Experience hands-on plant science aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards while on a field trip at the Garden! Our trained facilitators teach age-appropriate, seasonal programs (max four simultaneous programs per time slot).

Guided field trips must be booked a minimum of four weeks in advance, and full payment is due three weeks prior to your field trip. To purchase tickets for the Orchid Show, call (847) 835-6801.

(O) most of the class will be taught outside; please dress for the weather
(I) class will be an indoor lab experience

Prek-k
DISCOVERING PLANTS Junior botanists investigate plant parts and try to figure out how plants get what they need to survive. They observe patterns in the plant world and use different experiences—like acting out a plant’s life cycle—to represent the relationship between form and function in plants. (O)

INSECT INVESTIGATION What do plants and animals need to survive? Observe patterns between insects and plants to determine what these living things need to live and grow. Students act as scientists, observing and classifying insects to differentiate from other living things. (I)

Grades 1-2
SURPRISING SEEDS Ever wonder how plants disperse seeds? Discover and examine different seed shapes that enable plants to get around. Compare seed structures and functions and test different ways seeds disperse! (I)

THE WONDERS OF WORMS AND SOIL Examine what role worms play in an ecosystem and investigate the components of healthy soil. Observe worms and their structures to understand why they are important soil-dwelling creatures. (O)

Grades 3-5
FLOWER LAB Why do plants make flowers? Students dissect flowers to examine their external structures. They gather evidence for how certain flower characteristics help attract pollinators so the plant can make seeds. Models are used to describe the life cycle of a flowering plant. (I)

TREE DETECTIVES Students investigate how trees are classified. They will observe patterns among the physical features of trees and use these noticeable structures to identify them. (O)

Grades 6-8 
NEW HUMAN IMPACTS AND SUSTAINABILITY
Responsible management of natural resources is key to creating a sustainable future for life on earth. Understand the relationships between land management and biodiversity, and witness how scientists and engineers can make major contributions by developing sustainable technologies. (I)

PHOTOSYNTHESIS LAB Delve into the process of photosynthesis. Students use microscopes to study living plants and answer questions about photosynthesis. Students will then construct an explanation for the role plants play in the cycling of matter and flow of energy through all living things. (I)

GRADES 9-12
NEW HUMAN IMPACTS AND SUSTAINABILITY Responsible management of natural resources is key to creating a sustainable future for life on earth. Understand the relationships between land management and biodiversity, and witness how scientists and engineers can make major contributions by developing sustainable technologies. (I)

DIY HYDROPONICS Students design and build a prototype hydroponic system using limited classroom resources. By constructing explanations and designing solutions for a more sustainable approach to agriculture, students will develop possible solutions by evaluating constraints and considering cultural and environmental impacts. (I)

March 11 - April 19, 2019
Monday – Friday

Field Trips | Guided Field Trips

E.g., Saturday, December 15 2018